Only available in S6.

Aims of Course

The Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) allows students to experiment with a more independent kind of learning within a supportive structure. They study the modules in school and their own time and are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their own learning with support from an OU tutor or study adviser.

It works best for students who are not only academically able, but who are motivated and committed too, and able to cope well with independent learning. Course requirements can demand a significant number of hours of independent study each week.

The method of delivery can also vary from course to course: for instance, many Science short courses can be flexible in fitting round school exams whereas Arts short courses, with their fixed deadlines and non– negotiable date for the final assignment, are not.

Most courses require students to access online information. Course websites and the online Open University library mean a wealth of information and learning materials are at their fingertips.

Description of the Course

YASS helps students to develop the skills they will need to make the transition to university level study. There are over 60 modules in 13 different subject areas to choose from, everything from web design to writing fiction, giving students the ideal way to extend their knowledge of their Higher and Advanced Higher courses or try something totally new. For full details please speak to Mrs Lumsden, School Librarian, or Mrs Reid, Deputy Head Teacher.

YASS isn’t for everyone. S6 students apply through the Open University, OU, for each module and must be accepted by the OU. Applicants should be able to demonstrate genuine motives for wanting to study at university level with the Open University. Financial assistance is available.

Having the opportunity to learn alongside people of all different ages and backgrounds enables students to develop their communication skills and confidence.

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Assessment strategies are dependent on the module selected. However, assessment is likely to involve some or all of the following, tutor–marked assignments, interactive computer–marked assignment and end–of–module assessments. YASS students are treated no differently by the Open University from any other student.

Future Progression Routes in Subject

Students who undertake YASS could expect to develop an impressive academic portfolio which will differentiate them from other students when it comes to applying to universities at a time of increased competition